The Weapons Locker: Stocking Up - Gaming Mice
It's Spring. Which means I generally start looking to stock up and refresh my desktop gaming peripherals. Gaming mice, keyboards, game controllers, gamepads, headsets, joysticks, wheel and pedals. All are eligible. Now the truth is that this year, I've refreshed my desktop peripherals early, having nabbed the Hyperkin PC Hyper Clack Tactile Mechanical Keyboard, the TeckNet Alpha M006 Mobile Gaming Mouse, a set of Logitech Z506 5.1 Surround Sound Speakers, an LG 27UD58-B 27-inch 4K UHD IPS Monitor, a Razer Kraken Pro V2 Analog Gaming Headset (Green), and a Thrustmaster T.16000M FCS HOTAS Controller. But I'm still going to keep my eye out and will do some further research on behalf of others. So over the next few weeks, I'll be hitting Amazon and surfacing the sidearms that I would personally go after in an effort to refresh my gaming weapons locker. Feel free to use this as a guide if you are the type to like having some idea starters before you go dumpster diving into large online retail outlets. Up first tonight are gaming mice. Here are the top three scoring gaming mice on Amazon based on their Average Customer Rating. One word of caution is that I believe that what I see from the trends on Amazon in Gaming Mice is that shopping gamers tend to prefer the low cost stuff. So there may be better performing mice that are more expensive. And be wary of mice that came out when there was not much else on the market and racked up a high customer average rating in a vacuum.
TeckNet Alpha Ergonomic 2.4GHz Wireless Optical Mobile Mouse with USB Nano Receiver for Laptops
In a remarkable coincidence, the mouse that I bought last month as a review unit (my final score on that device is still outstanding) racks out as the king of the hill in customer reviews. The TeckNet Alpha features 6 buttons and 5 DPI adjustment levels. The batteries will supposedly last 18 months, and until proven wrong, I believe it. Unlike other mice, the Alpha completely turns off after a period of dormancy, and powers down the optical sensor until you tap a button, saving oodles of trickle power in the process. Using an RF dongle means not being annoyed by Bluetooth's wonky behavior. The connection is reliable and just because it says "for laptops" does not mean that it does not work perfectly well for gaming desktops. I have found the top of the mouse to be a little slick, but I love the rubberized, textured interior curve. The mouse is $10.99 on Amazon right now, and has a 4.7 start average customer rating out of 243 customer reviews. It is available in 5 colors (Black, Blue, Grey, Purple, and Red), and was released on 18 August 2016.
HIRALIY F300 RGB Backlit Wired Gaming Mouse
Lights always bring a degree of gamer cred. Multicolored lights that rotate through a spectrum of color are even better. The F300 has a light switch with 4 lighting modes, provided that you install the manufacturer specific drivers. With 5 adjustable DPI settings (1000/1500/2000/3000/4000), the F300 isn't the most precise mouse on the market, but it should largely have you covered for machine gunning, sniper fire, FPS', or RTS'. I am not a huge fan of its form factor. It's a bit like the old Microsoft Optical mice, which were fine for their time, but I feel like gaming mouse design has progressed beyond those. It's for righties only, and has a 6-foot braided cable, which is a plus for gaming setups that require long cable runs. This mouse is up for $19.99 on Amazon right now, with a 4.8 star average customer rating out of 28 reviewer scores. This mouse was released on 11 October of last year.
Logitech G Pro Gaming FPS Mouse
So I guess that Logitech wants you believe that this mouse is specifically for FPS'. OK. This mouse offers a significantly higher DPI rating than the previous two recommendations, scaling as high as 12,000 DPI. It is representative of the difference in capability that you can often find is you shift from budget-priced mice versus something like the G Pro. This mouse also features customizable lighting like the F300, but the degree of variation is greater in the G Pro than the F300, and the G Pro will also sync that light scheme with other Logitech G branded gaming gear. The big bonus feature? An adjustable spring tensioning system that can alter the feedback from the buttons to your specific liking. This mouse goes for $54.99 and has a 4.6 star average customer rating on Amazon. That's out of 204 reviews. This mouse was released August 16th of last year.